If you are aiming to have a more avant-garde design, one can opt for the glass-walled patio that serves as a sun room. Sunshine with a clear view of the outdoors is enjoyed while there are no worries of getting drenched in case of rain. There are even designs that offer retractable glass roofs to let the summer breeze in.
But whether traditional or contemporary, it is important to remember that your patio is an extension of the main house. It may well be considered an extra room. So the trick is to make sure that the patio design blends well with the overall design of the house. It should also project the atmosphere or ambiance you had in mind-cozy and relaxing or soothing and friendly.